The smallest breeds of dogs. Top-27( with photos)

26th place: The Tibetan Spaniel is another breed of dogs that originated in Tibet. The breed has long been very popular with Buddhist monks, who taught these dogs to rotate prayer drums. To true spaniels this dog does not really belong and is named so only because of the external similarity with the European spaniels. The growth of the Tibetan spaniel is 25 cm, and the body mass varies within 4.1-6.8 kg .

25th place: Norwich Terrier is a breed of small dogs that appeared in Norwich, East England, in the 19th century. It was bred for hunting small parasites and rodents, which speaks of its high activity and fine hunting predilections. The weight of the tiny terrier is 5-5.5 kg , and the growth is 24-25.5 cm .These small, but hardy dogs are very bold, affectionate and quick-witted. They are endlessly devoted to their master and have a cheerful, good-natured temper.

24th place: Chinese Crested is a popular ornamental breed of dogs, represented by two varieties: naked and paulderpuf, covered with soft wool throughout the body. Its weight is 4,5-5,9 kg, and growth - 23-33 cm .Chinese crested - active, cheerful, graceful and very devoted to their master animals.

23 place: Miniature Pinscher - a small breed of dogs, originated in Germany in the late XIX century. At the withers, the dog can reach 25-30 cm , and its weight ranges from 4 to 6 kg .Representatives of this breed of dogs are very self-willed and independent animals, but with proper education, a fine guard-companion will grow out of the dwarf pinscher.

22 place: Bichon frize - a small breed of dogs of French origin from the group of bolonok. Dogs of this breed were frequent companions of sailors, who gladly took these excellent rat-catchers and simply cheerful companions with them on their travels. The growth of the French bishon varies within 23-30 cm, and the weight begins from 3 and comes to 7 kg .It can be described as an intelligent, sensitive and playful dog that adores human society. With proper training, an obedient and intelligent companion will grow out of the bishon.

21st place: King Charles Spaniel is an English breed of small dogs, dating back to the 16th century. The first representatives of this breed were favorites of the English lords and were used for hunting. The growth of the English aristocrat varies from 23 to 28 cm , and the weight is 3.6-6.4 kg .This cheerful companion dog is very devoted to its owner and, despite its miniature dimensions, is always ready to help him. This breed should not be confused with the slightly larger breed of Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

20th place: Havana bishon - a breed of decorative dogs, bred in the vastness of Cuba. Cuban crumbs can weigh from 3 to 7.3 kg, and their growth is 21-29 cm. Havana bichon has an energetic, benevolent and curious character, which makes him a wonderful companion. This affectionate and playful dog with a high level of intelligence is easy to learn and gets along wonderfully with children.

19 place: Coton de Tulear is a breed of dogs that was bred on the island of Madagascar. Devoted to the owner, a clever and obedient dog, gets on well with other animals in the house. The growth of these dogs 22-28 cm, weight from 3.5 to 6 kg .

18th place: Affenpincher is a miniature version of the pinchers, derived in Germany at the beginning of the XVII century. The height at the withers is 23-30 cm , and the weight can range from 2.9 to 6 kg .Affenpinchers, owners of remarkable character and keen mind, will be truly ideal companions. In addition, they are very playful, independent, enduring and sensitive animals with a very brave heart.

17th place: Pekingese is a very ancient breed of decorative dogs that was bred in China more than 2 thousand years ago for royal families. The weight of the Pekingese is 3,2-6,4 kg , and the height is 15-23 cm .Representatives of this breed inherent stubbornness and self-confidence, which can create some difficulties in the process of education and training. Pekeses do well without physical exertion and are not at all choosy in their care.

16th place: Rabbit Dachshund is the most miniature breed of tax, the weight of which varies within 3.6-5 kg ​​, and the maximum growth is 12-16 cm .Due to its short legs rabbit dachshund is the dog with the lowest average growth at the withers , however its rather big weight does not allow it to occupy a higher place in our rating. Initially, the dachshund was used for nun hunting rabbit, and today they serve as excellent companion dogs. Rabbit dachshunds have a very mild character, they are smart, obedient and inquisitive, easily adaptable to every member of the family. These tiny dogs are hardy and simple in content, but their upbringing requires a special approach.

15th place: The Australian silky terrier is a breed of dogs, whose history began in Australia at the end of the 19th century. These terriers can weigh from 3.5 to 4.5 kg and have the growth of from 23 to 26 cm .Despite the fact that he was taken out as a companion dog, he has a well developed hunting instinct, which is typical for terriers. They have a sharp mind, a cheerful temperament and an inexhaustible supply of energy. Despite its excessive mobility, the Australian terrier is balanced, obedient and very well trained.

14th place: The Brussels Griffon is a small decorative breed of dogs, named for the place of origin - Brussels, Belgium. The growth of these cute animals begins from 18 and comes to 25 cm, and the weight varies from 3.5 to 4.5 kg .Brussels Griffins are fun, active, curious and charming companion dogs with good watchful qualities. Representatives of this breed have a huge good heart, but they are very sensitive and stubborn, which sometimes creates difficulties in education and training.

13th place: The American Eskimo Toy-Spitz is a very popular breed of dwarf spitz. Its height can range from 23 to 30.5 cm , and the weight is 2.7-4.5 kg .This breed of dogs is characterized by exceptional intelligence and excellent watchful qualities. In addition, they are very energetic, loving and playful companion dogs in need of a solid leader who will deal with their upbringing and training.

12th place: Toy poodle is one of four kinds of poodles, a small decorative dog, bred in England in the 18th century. Its weight can range from 3 to 4 kg , and the growth from 24 to 28 cm .That poodle is a calm, elegant and beautiful dog, a wonderful companion and a devoted friend. In addition, this deft and obedient crumb is considered one of the most intelligent and easily trained breeds.

11th place: Maltese lapdog( Maltese) - one of the oldest breeds of dogs, comes from the central Mediterranean. The growth of this snow-white crumb varies within the 20-25 cm range , and the weight - 3-4 kg .A beautiful character and calm temperament make the Maltese lapdog an ideal companion. Dogs of this breed are very cheerful, faithful, intelligent and easy to learn. Despite their tiny dimensions, they differ in courage and fearlessness.

10th place: Bolognese( Italian lapdog) is a miniature breed of dogs, bred in Italy and named after the Italian city of Bologna. The growth of Bolognese varies from 25 to 30 cm , and weight - from 2.5 to 4 kg .Representatives of this breed can be described as restrained, affectionate and intelligent dogs, who quickly learn and are very capable of training. And their inherent cheerful and kind disposition makes Italian Bolonok excellent companions.

9th place: The Papillon is an ancient ornamental breed of small dogs, derived in the 16th century and derived from the French word "papillon", which means "butterfly".According to one of the versions, their homeland is Spain, on the other - Belgium. The breed standards say that the papillons should weigh 2.3 to 4.5 kg from , and the height can vary from 20 to 28 cm .They are very funny, affectionate and moving animals, adoring running around the perimeter of the house and scare off rodents and other small creatures. They occupy the 8th place in the ranking of the most intelligent breeds of dogs.

8th place: English Toy Terrier is a miniature dog that was bred in England in the 19th century. According to the standards of the dog breeding club, dogs of this breed should weigh from 2.7 to 3.6 kg , and their growth may vary within the 25-30 cm .Most English terriers are attractive, friendly and playful dogs, infinitely loyal to the owner. At the same time they have a peculiar character, and some excessively "characteristic" representatives need serious training.

7th place: Japanese Khin is a decorative breed of dogs, formerly enjoying great popularity in Chinese and Japanese imperial courts. The weight of this small long-haired dog can range from 1.8 to 4 kg , and the height - from 20 to 27 cm .Japanese hin is a playful, sociable and cheerful dog that has a calm temperament and an excellent character. Very quickly and easily learns, is able to master a mass of complex teams with minimal effort.

6th place: Toy fox terrier ( American toy terrier) is a small dog that comes directly from a large fox terrier. Representatives of this breed can weigh from 1.5 to 4 kg , and their height varies within 21.5-29 cm .Those fox terriers are intelligent and active dogs that are well suited for training and can easily learn to respond to a large number of teams. They are very cheerful, loving and boundlessly devoted animals, truly ideal house companions.

5th place: Pomeranian Spitz is the tiniest representative of Spitz, named after Pomerania, the historical region of Germany. Known as the favorite breed of the English Queen Victoria. Representatives of this breed, originating from large sledge dogs, today have the growth of 13-28 cm , and the weight of is 1.9-3.5 kg .Pomeranian Spitz is an intelligent, benevolent, sociable and faithful kid, without fear becoming to protect his master. Its small size is successfully compensated by exceptional cleverness, due to which it is well-suited to training. Pomeranian Spitz takes 23rd place in the list of the most intelligent breeds of dogs.

4th place: The Prague rider is a small breed of dogs that was bred in the Czech Republic in the IX century. In those distant times, the representatives of this breed, along with other krysolovs, protected their masters' property from rodents. Currently, the rats are mainly used as companion dogs, but they have not lost their agility and hunting instinct. The ideal weight of a tiny Pied Piper is 2.6 kg , and the height is from 20 to 23 cm .They are very intelligent, playful, obedient, philanthropic, perfectly trained and perfectly get along with children.

3rd place: Russian of that - a breed of miniature dogs, developed by Russian cynologists in the second half of the twentieth century. There are two varieties of these companion dogs: longhaired and smooth-haired. The growth of the Russian toy varies from 20 to 28 cm , and weight - from 1.4 to 3 kg .This breed is characterized by an extremely playful and friendly disposition, very devoted to its owner and perfectly gets along with all members of the family, regardless of their age.

2nd place: Yorkshire Terrier( york) is a small decorative breed of dogs that originated in the 19th century in Yorkshire, England. The weight of york, according to breed standards, should not exceed 3.2 kg .The growth does not exceed 23 cm .Despite the fact that the smallest dog of the living is a chihuahua named Bu Bu, is the smallest dog in history to recognize the Yorkshire Terrier Silvia .She died in 1945 at the age of 2, her height at the withers was 6.3 cm, the length from the tip of the nose to the base of the tail is 9.5 cm and the weight is 113 grams of .
Affectionate, energetic, inquisitive and brave Yorkies are ideal for keeping in a city apartment. Thanks to their cleverness and intelligence, they easily learn and remember new teams at speeds above average.

1 st place: Chihuahua is the smallest breed of dogs in the world, discovered in 1850 in the Mexican state of Chihuahua, in honor of which it was named. Dogs of this breed usually weigh from 0.5 to 3 kg , and growth can range from 10 to 23 cm . Chihuahua named Bu Bu has an increase of 10.16 cm, weight 675 grams and is the smallest of the living dogs .
Chihuahua is distinguished by a wide variety of colors and types of wool. Dogs of this breed are very kind, obedient, funny kids with the character of a real watchdog, but at the same time very vulnerable and touchy.

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Small breeds of dogs have been very popular for a long time, and every year it grows more and more. These tiny, like toy, dogs, besides their charming appearance, also have a wonderful friendly character and perfectly master the art of communicating with people. Abroad they are even used in therapeutic practice, and this is not surprising, because such a positive creation will necessarily have a curative effect on a person. An important argument in favor of the representatives of small breeds is their "portability" - crumbs can always be taken with them by placing them in a small handbag. Miniature dogs do not require much space and feel great in small houses and apartments.
In this collection we will tell you about the 27 smallest breeds of dogs. The rating was based on the average body weight of dogs of each breed, as well as the growth at the withers ( withers - a place on the spine between the shoulder blades, the highest point of the dog's body).

27th place: Shih Tzu is one of the oldest breeds of dogs that originated in the expanses of Tibet. In the early XX century, they were forbidden dogs, belonging exclusively to the family of the Chinese emperor. According to breed standards, Shih Tzu growth should not exceed 28 cm , and weight can range from 4 to 7.25 kg .This beautiful dog has a very independent character, sometimes it can be proud and haughty, but at the same time she is very brave, gentle and faithful to her master.